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bunkum

or bun·combe

[buhng-kuh m]
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noun
  1. insincere speechmaking by a politician intended merely to please local constituents.
  2. insincere talk; claptrap; humbug.
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Origin of bunkum

Americanism; after speech in 16th Congress, 1819–21, by F. Walker, who said he was bound to speak for Buncombe (N.C. county in district he represented)
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Examples from the Web for bunkum

Historical Examples

  • That fifty dollars being put on for anybody else was bunkum.

    Thoroughbreds

    W. A. Fraser

  • “All bunkum and wind,” said he, pitching them into a corner.

    Kilgorman

    Talbot Baines Reed

  • It's for them that all these atrocities are invented—most of them bunkum.

    The Hero

    William Somerset Maugham

  • I suppose you will say next that I hypnotised her—or some bunkum of that sort!

    The Seven Secrets

    William Le Queux

  • Tall talk's his jewelry: he must have his dandification in bunkum.


British Dictionary definitions for bunkum

bunkum

buncombe

noun
  1. empty talk; nonsense
  2. mainly US empty or insincere speechmaking by a politician to please voters or gain publicity
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Word Origin

C19: after Buncombe, a county in North Carolina, alluded to in an inane speech by its Congressional representative Felix Walker (about 1820)
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Word Origin and History for bunkum

n.

variant of Buncombe.

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